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After-school program restored at five Alachua County schools

Published: Jan. 6, 2021 at 10:46 PM EST
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GAINESVILLE, Fla. (WCJB) - After school programs will be back for some students in north central Florida.

Alachua County Public Schools will once again be able to offer the 21st Century After School Programs at five schools beginning January 19.

Metcalfe, Lake Forest, Idylwild, Alachua nd Irby elementary schools are the schools that will be offering the programs.

The district was informed before the school year began that 21st Century Community Learning Center Grants would no longer be available but the funding for those schools has now been renewed.

The renewed grant will fund after school and summer programming through the summer of 2022.

“It’s just a real good opportunity to fill those hours between the times when kids normally be out of school,” said ACPS Director of Grants, Acquisitions and Special Projects Everett Caudle. “For most people when a parent gets home and can supervise so it’s a great opportunity for those parents that need that spot filled.”

Caudle said kids can benefit from extended learning time, extended support from qualified, and credential teachers as well as some enrichment activities.

The schools will be reaching out to families to offer them a spot in the program.

Families can also contact their school if they’re interested in enrolling their child.

According to ACPS, the three other local schools that have after 21 st Century after-school programs.

They are Lincoln and Westwood middle schools and Foster Elementary School. They are currently on a different grant cycle and will be up for renewal following the summer of 2021.

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